Congregation Bnai Tikvah

Congregation Bnai Tikvah

1558 Wilmot Road, Deerfield, Illinois 60015
Phone: 847-945-0470 |

Continuing Jewish Education

Creating a Community of Lifelong Jewish Learners

The Leland and Mary Gottstein Continuing Jewish Education Program is dedicated to the concept that Jewish learning doesn’t end with Religious School – it continues throughout our lives. Our adult education offerings are designed to encourage critical thinking, inspire rich debate, promote curiosity, and nourish our minds and souls. B’nai Tikvah members and others in the community have access to a wide variety of continuing education programs, courses and activities, led by experienced teachers who provide stimulating, high-quality instruction.

Studies With the Rabbi

Learn and grow with Rabbi Alex and others in our community.

Torah With the Rabbi

Rabbi Alex offers a weekly Torah study session, with a special focus on the Bible as a living tradition. The texts are looked at closely to see how they are perceived by classical and modern commentators, as well as their implications for contemporary society.

  • Tuesdays, 9:30 am
  • First Class November 1
  • Contact Rabbi Alex ( if you are interested

Lore in the Loop & Lore in the Suburbs

This program brings the Rabbi right to the offices of class participants — both in the Loop and in the ‘burbs. Lunch and lively discussion are provided. Our current topic is Pirkei Avot: The Ethics of Our Fathers – Jewish ethical teachings that provide a path for a better life.

  • Lore in the Loop: Tuesdays, 12:00 pm. November 8, December 13, January 3, February 14, March 14, April 4, May 16.
  • Lore in the Suburbs: Tuesdays, 12:00 pm. November 15, December 20, January 10, February 21, March 21, April 25, May 23.
  • $25 cost includes lunch
  • Contact Rabbi Alex ( if you are interested

Reintroduction to Judaism

These active and accessible classes cover Judaism’s biggest and most inspiring ideas as well as the nuts-and-bolts of daily Jewish living. Whether you’re back to learning after a long hiatus or you’re just looking for a deeper understanding of our heritage, we could all use a bit of a refresher.

  • Sundays, 11:00 – 11:45 am
  • Semester 1: September 18, 25, October 9, 30, December 4, 11
  • Semester 2: March 5, April 9, 23, May 7, 14

Lecture Series

B’nai Tikvah brings world-renowned scholars to our shul to speak about topics ranging from Talmudic teachings to Jewish history to Israeli politics.

Professor Rachel Havrelock – Political Leadership in Ancient Israel

Rachel Havrelock is Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and English at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Trained in Hebrew Bible, Rabbinics, Folklore, and Middle East Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, her research concerns three distinct areas and the overlap among them.

Sundays, 10:30 am. January 8, 15, 29; February 5



Dr. Claire E. Sufrin – American Jewish Thinkers

Professor Sufrin is a scholar of modern Judaism, with research and teaching interests including German Jewish philosophy, Judaism in America, Jewish feminism, and Zionism.

  • Sundays, 10:30 am. February 12, 19, 26.

Language Classes

Crash Hebrew – This intensive course is offered every August for students with little to no knowledge of Hebrew. We’ll have you reading Hebrew in time for Rosh Hashanah!

Intermediate Conversational Hebrew – This more advanced Hebrew language course offers an exploration of Israeli culture through a variety of media tools, including videos, songs, news articles and food.

  • Wednesdays, 6:15 PM

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Florence Melton Adult Mini School

The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning is one of the most well-respected, popular and successful continuing education programs in the world. Created by scholars at Hebrew University, the Melton School gives students a unique opportunity to explore Jewish thought and texts under the supervision of outstanding faculty and alongside other adults who are interested in and passionate about Judaism.

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Jewish Film Series

Our popular Jewish Film Series is a great way to get a taste of Jewish culture, explore new concepts and hang out with friends in a fun, festive atmosphere. Each year we screen some of the best Jewish-related films made in America and throughout the world.

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